Bergerie de L’Hortus, Classique, Pic St Loup, AOC/AOP Coteaux de Languedoc, France, 2012
In 2007 the umbrella AOC Languedoc replaced AOC Coteaux de Languedoc, with an expanded area from the Spanish border to Nimes, covering all the AOCs in between, eg Corbieres, Saint Chinian, Languedoc-La Clape (applied for AOC/AOP) and Languedoc-Montpeyroux.
Pic St Loup is authorised for red (mostly red GSM blends), white and rose; inland from the coast with some elevation, it is cooler, with a decent diurnal range, and higher than average rainfall; clay and limestone soil; reds age well, 4-8 years in a good vintage.
This wine: a syrah heavy GSM blend; natural cork closure, throws a decent sediment, so lightly filtered at most, 13% abv, en France, €15
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of red plum juice, spicy red cherry, a little floral – iris, raw steak, liquorice, a spicy edge, dried herbs, dark chocolate.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, ripe well-integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a full body, a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of bright red plum, red currant, red cherry, dried herbs, sweet tobacco, and a whiff of fresh pine. A long length with a spicy red fruit finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with balanced acidity with intensity of flavour and alcohol; showing decent concentration of flavour with some complexity – developing, with tertiary herbal and chocolate notes, with a long red fruited finish.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: can drink now, but has potential for ageing. Has a good acid-tannin structure, balance and flavour concentration, showing some tertiary development, suggesting improvement over 3-5 years.